Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle today (16 June) sent Aung San Suu Kyi a telegram congratulating her on being presented with the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. She had been awarded the Prize in 1991 but not attended the award ceremony for fear that she would not be allowed to return.
A Federal Foreign Office spokesperson in this connection commented as follows:
“In his message of congratulation Foreign Minister Westerwelle paid tribute to Aung San Suu Kyi’s unwavering commitment to the cause of democracy, human rights and justice in her country. Thanks to her courage and steadfastness, Myanmar is now finally pursuing an agenda for change and reform.
Aung San Suu Kyi is an inspiration to people all over the world. Germany will continue to support her and Myanmar in taking this agenda forward over the years ahead.”
In late April Foreign Minister Westerwelle was in Myanmar for the first-ever visit to the country by a German foreign minister. In this connection he also had talks with Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon.